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A University of Applied Sciences

The EHL way: we pioneered the methods of Swiss hospitality education and set the standards of excellence in this field.  Now we combine the Swiss values of academic rigor and industry practice with creativity and innovation for modern Hospitality Management degrees.

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893. It has created and inspired a unique professional community of over 25,000 hospitality managers, united by the values and the legacy of EHL.

Our Philosophy

Our Vision

We bring together the best in hospitality practice, management education, and research.


Our Mission

We bring together academia and hospitality to create the higher education of action-driven individuals and develop insightful thinking together with innovative practices in the international service industry.

Welcome to EHL

Welcome to EHL

Welcome to the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne!

At EHL, academic leaders and hospitality industry experts collaborate to design curricula that provide our students with the most comprehensive hospitality business education and research. Our programs combine practical work experience and university-level academic courses, culminating in real-world business and research projects. We strive to provide our students with experiential education, a social learning context, leadership, and an awareness of and appreciation for lifelong learning. While many of the learning experiences at EHL take place in the classroom, many occur outside of the classroom in the diverse environment that is shared with others who are equally passionate about service and learning. There are many committees for students to get involved in and a range of sporting activities, in addition to the cultural opportunities that Switzerland and Western Europe offer. From the first day at EHL, our students develop friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. I encourage you to open your mind to all of the possibilities and opportunities that an EHL education can offer.

Kind regards,

Dr. Ines Blal, Executive Dean

Our Values

As an ambassador of the Swiss hospitality tradition, EHL draws on the essence of "hospitality know-how", blending it with the latest management education tools and techniques. Our aim is develop future leaders who are equally knowledgeable about the past and focused on the future. Today, five steadfast values inspire our daily activities:


Is a notion at the heart of our community's values and actions: respect for our institution, its members and our environment.


Is the way in which we approach our teaching and mission in training tomorrow's managers as responsible and mindful individuals.


Fuels our ambition through a constant quest for perfection, making the students of today the great hoteliers and managers of tomorrow.


At EHL the sense of community blends tradition with innovation, multiculturalism with local roots, the emotional with the rational, and durability with dynamism.


Is a true spirit defined by the entrepreneurial conviction that tomorrow has yet to be invented. We develop the courage to experiment with new ideas and to tackle uncertainty enthusiastically and optimistically.

These values fit harmoniously with the codes of hospitality - they stand out as EHL's timeless character, linking all generations of past and future graduates.

Why Choose EHL?

From our best-in-class reputation to our Swiss campus facilities, there are many good reasons to put EHL at the top of your list. Learn more about our awards and rankings, programs and accreditation, and our unique approach to learning and innovation.

Top Reasons to Choose EHL

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